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Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many (a) postcards and (b) emails he has received in 2005 making representations on (i) Tesco plc and (ii) the Tescopoly campaign. 
Norman Lamb: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will place in the Library a copy of the report prepared by Ernst and Young which considered the legitimacy of expenses incurred by staff of UK Trade and Investment. 
Ian Pearson [holding answer 25 October 2005]: It would be inappropriate to publish the report in question, which contains material relevant to internal civil service management processes that have not yet been completed.
Norman Lamb: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many employees of (a) his Department and (b) UK Trade and Investment are under suspension due to a disciplinary investigation. 
Ian Pearson [holding answer 25 October 2005]: UK Trade and Investment is not an employer in its own right. The expenses of staff deployed on its work are met by its parent departments. The total amount allocated to UK Trade and Investment for travel and subsistence in 200304, the latest year for which full figures are available, was £8.4 million, and £7.7 million in 200203. These figures exclude living allowances for Foreign and Commonwealth Office staff living abroad. Comparable information for earlier years is not readily available.
Ian Pearson [holding answer 25 October 2005]: UK Trade and Investment does not employ staff on its own account. The people working on UK Trade and Investment activities remain employees of their parent departments, or are contracted to those departments. Insofar as they claim expenses, they would have to do so under the rules of the department meeting the particular claim.
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management as set out in Government Accounting and the Civil Service Management Code.
Norman Lamb: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many websites are maintained by UK Trade and Investment aimed at helping businesses to trade with overseas countries; which (a) region and (b) overseas country is targeted by each website; and how many visits to each website there were in 200405. 
Ian Pearson: UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) maintains a number of websites designed to meet the needs of our different customers. The main site is www.uktradeinvest.gov.uk. Country specific sites are provided to address particular customer needs and to publicise opportunities in the UK for foreign businesses. UKTI's English regional network has developed sites where this has been agreed with regional partners as part of individual regional strategies. These aim to complement the information on the main site. The remainder of the international network provides information on trade and investment opportunities via relevant areas on their local embassy or consulate sites provided via the FCO. Details on the UKTI sites focused on countries and the regions are listed as follows:
|Website address||Countries||Usage data|
|http://www.uktradeinvest.gov.uk||All countries||(5)Not available|
|Country specific sites|
|http://uktradeinvest.britaus.net/||UK and Australia||Not available|
|http://www.uktradeinvestcanada.org/||UK and Canada||(7)Not available|
|http://www.cbbc.org/||UK and China||(8)Not available|
|http://www.westmarche.co.uk||UK and France||Not available|
|http://www.uktradeinvest.de/||UK and Germany||(9)10,357|
|http://www.ibpn.co.uk/||UK and India||(10)Not available|
|http://trade.uktradeinvest.jp/ukdirectory/||UK and Japan||(11)Not available|
|http://www.mexbritbusiness.org/||UK and Mexico||Not available|
|http://www.uktradeinvest.co.nz/||UK and New Zealand||Not available|
|http://uktradeinvestusa.com and http://uktradeinvestusa.org/||UK and USA||(12)210,552|
|English region sites|
|http://www.itrade.org.uk/||Eastern region||(10)Not available|
|http://www.exportnortheast.com/||North East region||(5)(5508270006)278,310|
|http://www.uktisoutheast.com||South East region||(5)(5508270006)10,700|
|http://www.china-swengland-business.info/||South West region||(5)(5508270006)10,699|
Mr. Hollobone: To ask the Prime Minister if he will ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, at every meeting of the Cabinet for the duration of the threat, to present an update on the threat of avian influenza coming to the UK. 
David Howarth: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the reasons are for his Department's ruling that Cambridgeshire county council may not decide whether it should install signs saying No Entry Except for Cyclists or No Entry Except for Buses but must follow a central standard. 
Ms Buck [holding answer 28 October 2005]: The design and use of traffic signs is specified in national regulations so that signs will be used consistently and safely. No-entry signs are safety critical signs that are used with physical barriers or to prevent conflicts and collisions between opposing streams of traffic. The combination with Except buses" plates has been permitted for contraflow bus lanes in one-way streets or other bus-only facilities that it is clearly not appropriate for other vehicles to use. We do not believe that cyclists should be encouraged to cycle past no-entry signs, and the use of except cycles" plates with no-entry signs is specifically prohibited by the Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions (TSRGD). There are other sign designs available to indicate routes that cycles and buses, but not other motor vehicles, can use.
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